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11/23/15: As poverty increases, government assistance falls short for some (from Press of Atlantic City) - Timothy Allen was standing outside the Social Security Administration building Monday afternoon, getting some fresh air while waiting for his number to be called.

11/22/15: Pleasantville struggles with portrayal in poverty report (from Press of Atlantic City) - This city shares a distinction with many others in New Jersey. Like its counterparts, a large portion of its residents are living in poverty.

11/20/15: Lesniak Calls On Port Authority to Enact $15 Minimum Wage (from PolitickerNJ) - Senator Raymond Lesniak today called on the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to grant airline workers a minimum wage of $15 per hour, saying “there is no need to study the obvious: that working people can’t support themselves and their families on the current, poverty-inducing wage of $10.10 an hour.”

11/18/15: Poverty study is an alarm bell for N.J. state government | Editorial (from nj.com) - New Jersey is widely regarded as a prosperous state, with the second-highest median household income in the country, but we're often too busy complaining about our tax burden to notice the rapidly-growing population living in the margins.

11/18/15: Advocate Group Says One Third Of New Jersey Lives In Poverty (from CBSPhilly) - A New Jersey group that advocates for the poor has issued a new report that might surprise some people.

11/16/15: Report: One-third of N.J. residents in 'true poverty' (from MycentralJersey.com) - Legal Services' analysis shows 2.8 million state residents in homes that can't make ends meet.

11/16/15: Record number of N.J. residents living in poverty, study finds (from nj.com) - More New Jersey residents are in poverty now than in the past five decades and the outlook for the future is bleak, according to a report released Sunday, which aims to redefine the definition of poor in the state.

11/16/15: Poverty at record-levels in Monmouth, Ocean counties, report says (from nj.com) - The poverty rate in Monmouth and Ocean counties is at its highest level in nearly a decade, according to a new report.

11/16/15: Report: 2.8 million in NJ living in poverty (from Newsworks) - Nearly one third of New Jereyans are broke, according to Legal Services of New Jersey's ninth annual report on poverty.

11/16/15: Report on N.J. poverty is bleak (from philly.com) - Even as poverty leveled off in New Jersey last year, it remained at a 50-year high and showed no signs of abating given persistent structural problems such as income inequality and changing employment trends that are trapping the poor, a new report has found.

11/16/15: More New Jerseyans In Poverty Now Than in the Last 50 Years (from NJTV News) - Temp worker Clare Echols sums up what a lot of people in New Jersey are thinking about the middle class, “There’s no such thing anymore, you’re either rich or you’re poor,” and she may be right. More New Jerseyans are in poverty now than in the last 50 years, according to new analysis from Legal Services of New Jersey.

11/16/15: Report: Garden State’s poverty level reaches 50-year record high (from Fios 1) - Officials attribute shrinking middle class, wage stagnation as the main contributors to rising number of impoverished residents.

10/17/15: Christie administration offers new plan after scrapping rent aid for 3,000 (from nj.com) - Officials said in Gov. Chris Christie's administration Friday they have proposed a temporary plan to prevent more than 3,000 low-income and disabled people from potentially becoming homeless after the state let lapse a $15.5 million rental assistance program this summer.

10/14/15: Judiciary Warns Spanish Speaking Litigants About 'Notarios Públicos' (from The Bergen Dispatch) - The Judiciary has announced a public campaign to educate litigants about non - lawyers who offer legal services to unsuspecting litigants.

10/12/15: Christie administration's abrupt end of N.J. housing program may strand 3,000 residents (from nj.com) - Jeanne Chiaravallo is a 57-year-old partially blind amputee from Lambertville who needs an oxygen tank to help her breathe and a home health aide to help her shower and take her medicine.

09/18/15: Interactive Map: About 25% of NJ Residents Facing Serious Economic Hardship (from njspotlight) - Median income nears $72K but state remains one of most expensive places to live; 11 percent earn below federal poverty level.

08/17/15: Assaulted N.J. child welfare worker not surprised by new attacks (from NJ.com) - "Child protective service misuse of power is as rampant as police brutality and misuse of power."

06/30/15: Parents who battled addiction, mental health issues reunite with their children (from Fios 1) - Family Reunification Day, in New Brunswick, celebrates people who have successfully regained custody.

04/06/15: Clean slate: N.J. lawyers, court offices can help expunge criminal records (from the South Jersey Times) - The benefits I think are enormous, especially for an individual who has turned their life around.

03/31/15: The List: 10 Groups Still Helping New Jersey’s Sandy Victims Recover (from NJSpotlight) - For many NJ residents, Hurricane Sandy is yesterday's news; for others, it remains a day-to-day struggle.

03/12/15: Kean frat's donated house a 'breakthrough' for homeless family (from NJ.com) - "When we got the phone call, he said that he was going to donate a home for a homeless family, I literally took the phone away and looked at it, like, is this real?" said Freeman, founder and director of the Sierra House, an East Orange nonprofit serving homeless women.

02/04/15: New Foreclosure Procedures Put to Test as Number of Cases Climbs in New Jersey (from NJSpotlight) - While the foreclosure crisis eases in most states, NJ hits third-highest total since it started keeping records

02/04/15: MacArthur Introduces First Bill to Help Sandy Victims (Rep Tom MacArthur press release) - Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur introduced his first bill, the Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of 2015, to fix FEMA’s recoupment process for disaster aid and protect survivors of natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy

01/20/15: N.J. data shows widening income gap, mirrors global trend (from NJ.com) - The wealth of the richest 1 percent will surpass that of the other 99 percent globally next year, Oxfam said in research ahead of today's annual World Economic Forum.

01/13/15: NJ may regulate dealers' use of vehicle-disabling devices over late payments (from Newsworks) - New Jersey lawmakers want to put the brakes on dealers and lenders who remotely disable the vehicles of customers who miss a payment.